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Le Moulin de la Galette

* Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1876
 
 

This painting depicts a happy scene in the Moulin de la Galette, a square in Montmartre, Paris, on a Sunday afternoon. Some commentators have observed that the girl in the striped dress (middle foreground) is Estelle, a sister of one of Renoir’s models. Other figures from the artist’s life are also evident in this painting: at the right-most table, for example, sit several of Renoir’s friends. One of them, Georges Rivière, described the Moulin de la Galette as ‘a page of history, a precious monument of Parisian life depicted with rigorous exactness.  Read more »

La Loge (The Theater Box)

* Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1874
 
 

Oarsmen at Chatou

* Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1879
 
 

The Canoeists' Luncheon

* Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1879–80
 
 

Le Déjeuner des Canotiers

* Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1881
 
 

The Luncheon of the Boating Party is unmistakably one of Renoir’s greatest masterpieces. The level of detail evident in, for example the still life, the characters’ faces and poses, and the moored boats, signifies a break in Renoir’s previous abstractions and a move towards a new post-impressionist style.

The Swing

* Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1876
 
 

Musee d’Orsay, Paris.

Jeunes Filles au Piano (Girls at the Piano)

* Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1892
 
 

The Red Roofs

* Artist: Camille Pissarro
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1877
 
 

Road with Cypress and Star

* Artist: Vincent van Gogh
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1890
 
 

I viewed this stunning work at the Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, The Netherlands, March 2007. The texture and depth of the paint layers isn’t quite captured by this photograph.

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Wheat Field under Threatening Skies

* Artist: Vincent van Gogh
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1890
 
 

One of van Gogh’s last works, now exhibited in the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

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